Ballet/Acting/Performing & Visual Arts With Teresa
Teresa Anne V., originally from Boulder, Colorado, has taken her performing arts career from coast to coast, and abroad. She began her stage career as a classical ballerina, training and performing with such notable companies as The Joffrey Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet. Teresa is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association (AEA), an eligible member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-E), and a member of The Stage Director and Choreographer Foundation (SDCF).
A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy (Dance) and the University of Utah (BFA- Theatre), Teresa has gone on to craft a dense and eclectic resume on both coasts and internationally as an Actress, and as a Dancer/Choreographer (classical & contemporary works, Argentine Tango, musical theatre).
2012-13 offered Teresa the prestigious HOLA Award for her choreographic contributions to the New York stage production of "Tango Fever.". And Teresa has been part of the teaching faculty for The Joffrey Ballet, and Broadway Dance Center in NYC.
Prior to returning to New York in the Spring of 2012, Teresa dedicated her dance career to a tango dance partnership in Warsaw where she performed, toured, taught, and also stepped in as a dance consultant to the 2011 winners of the Polish edition of "Dancing With The Stars."
After her time abroad, Teresa taught/choreographed/performed as an actress and dancer full-time in NYC until 2015. She is now based in her home state of Colorado. Upon occasion she travels as a guest teaching artist and judge for competitions across the country.
In addition, Teresa has launched a series of specialized dance programs (“Slippers to Heels: Ballet Technique & Tango Stylization”), Choreographic and Acting intensives, and specialized workshops for professional/pre-professional dancers.
Teresa is a passionate artist and teacher. She loves sharing her craft, experiences, and skills with eager students.
You may learn more about Teresa at Www.TeresaAnneVolgenau.com as well as through her work as a visual artist at www.TAVolgenau.com. She also is the founder of Zero Gravity Coaching - Life Balance, Guidance for Training, and Trajectory for Elite Dancers, Artists, and Athletes. www.ZeroGravityCoaching.com
When it comes to understanding the physical demands and anatomic limitations of an elite dancer, athlete or performing artist, health and nutrition (particularly taking guidance from Ayurveda/Dosha, hormonal and holistic nutrition), and pushing limits to perform while still honoring recovery and injury prevention, I always aim to be a passionate expert and a dedicated professional. Equally important, I am keenly aware of the detriment of life imbalances and the countless mental and emotional struggles that plague focused individuals, dancers, and athletes. My primary ambition is to help cultivate alignment in talent to be healthy, happy, and successful human beings in the world and to avoid pitfalls on the path to fulfilling their dreams.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I work with students age 12 years to adult (male and female) in Classical Ballet, and Argentine Tango technique and stylization for ladies. I thoroughly enjoy coaching beginner dancers and introducing them to the joy of movement and embracing the fulfilling challenges of proper technique and alignment. Additionally, I coach advanced and pre-professional dancers eager to skyrocket their skills and/or are prepping for career auditions, scholarship and university programs, and competition.
When beginning with a new student I always conduct a detailed assessment of skill and understanding and make sure that we are a good fit for ongoing lessons together.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have been fully committed to my work, training, and career as a dancer -performer, choreographer, and instructor for nearly 35 years. A detailed, professional is resume is available upon request.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Typically, I charge 90 hr in advance for private/semi-private lessons within my dance studio in Westminster. I do offer discounts for lesson packages, expl 10 hrs for $850. I request a minimum of 24 hrs for cancellation/rescheduling.
How did you get started teaching?
I began teaching and choreographing for dance/ballet and musical theatre productions in my early 20's as I was pursuing my stage career, and stepping away from dancing classical ballet professionally. In my 30's I switched gears and returned to my performing career with Argentine Tango while continuing to coach and choreograph contemporary and classical ballet.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I am delighted that a dancer I work with from scratch at the age of 10 years has now been accepted into and received a generous 4-year scholarship from the dance department at my alma mater, Interlochen Arts Academy.